Tonight I went with my family to see “The Family”. The best way I could describe this movie is a critique of gangster movies but to be completely honest, I’m not entirely sure. I haven’t seen a lot of advertisements for it, the only time I remember seeing a trailer was at the beginning of a YouTube video and to be honest, I skipped it so I didn’t really know what to expect. 

The movie stars Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfiefer and Tommy Lee Jones. There are a few other characters you’ll likely recognize but needless to say, this movie brings in some pretty big names. The movie starts violently, and we’re introduced to the family. Robert DeNiro is a gangster under witness protection, and his entire family, including the children are aware of the “business” he is in. The plot was a little weak, and there were only a couple of laughs, mostly at how ridiculous the situation or the dialog was. I often worry when I see gangster movies that its going to be overly violent, I hate unnecessary violence, I don’t need to see every gory detail to understand what happened so I was quite happy that this movie was fairly mild. Of course people are shot and there’s a few explosions but nothing too torturous that left me nauseous. 

If you’re looking to watch the next Oscar worthy film, don’t go see “The Family”, I don’t think it will be up for any large awards anytime soon. This movie was fine for a Sunday afternoon, with a group of people who don’t often have a lot of movies they can enjoy together. If you’ve seen it, let me know what you thought in the comments, maybe you figured it out better than I did! 

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